Jersey could legalize online gambling, TED taps the youth of the world, Babson offers an MBA ‘test drive,’ lessons in crowdsourcing, MassChallenge applications are almost due… This week’s notable news and startup events for young treps:
1. Gambling in New Jersey? Nevada legalized internet gambling last week. New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie may sign a law legalizing online gambling in the Garden State as early as this week. Opportunities for young treps would seem to abound.
2. The young, the wise, the undiscovered: This TED event is the result of a year long global talent search, yielding the most important unheard voices from around the world. Featuring the largest speaker line-up in TED talks history, surely it’s a can’t miss event. (Long Beach, Calif., Feb. 25 – March 1)
3. SVForum eats breakfast: ‘The VC market is in disequilibrium,’ says the nonprofit venture association SVForum. At the breakfast, they’ll prognostic about what 2013 will bring… better, worse, same as 2012? Venture experts include: Josh Breinlinger of Sigma West and Sharon Wienbar from Scale Venture Partners, among others. (Palo Alto, Calif., Feb. 26)
4. Movement on tax credit: A House committee is expected to vote this week on legislation to offer tax credits to people who invest in startup companies — a.k.a. angel investors. Check out the progression of the bills here: HB 182 and HB 191.
5. Test drive an MBA: Babson College is home to one of the most influential entrepreneurship programs in the world. The institution is offering a unique opportunity for prospective students to test the waters with their Full-Time MBA Visitor Program. (Wellesley, Mass., Feb. 27)
6. ‘Crowdopolis’ in the Big Apple: Learn how fortune 500 companies are using crowdsourcing to out-innovate the competition. Hear from executives at GE, Microsoft, Ebay, NASA… on the innovations and creative process of crowd sourcing. This event isn’t all lectures; they’ll be plenty of networking opportunities too. (New York City Feb. 27 – 28)
7. Sequester fever: Across-the-board spending cuts on the order of $85 billion, known on Capitol Hill as the sequester, are set to kick in on Friday. Here’s what could happen to your business should the shoe drop. (March 1)
8. MassChallenge wants you: The four-month-long intensive accelerator program is aimed at ‘high-impact early stage entrepreneurs.’ Not only is it one of the largest accelerator programs that’s open to all treps, from any industry, you could win upwards of $1 million. The best part is MassChallenge doesn’t take an equity share in your idea. It’s all yours. Get your applications in ASAP. Submissions end March 6. (March 6, application deadline)